Yesterday I put the pack saddle on Aitana for the first time, very lightly packed with cycling pannier bags containing about 10 kg (just water and feed for the foal), and walked her to Finestrat down the narrow path through the valley.
Aitana walked very well and seemed quite comfortable with the pack saddle. It is good to get the foals used to this early, without weighing them down with a load that they are not ready for yet, and both Morris and Aitana have now carried the pack saddle. The main problem with both of them has been the rest stop in Finestrat. Yesterday I parked Aitana in the little square opposite the Bar Cantonet and gave her food and water before sitting down to a beer across the road. She kicked up such a fuss when she couldn’t see me, braying and stamping, that I had to keep going across the road to reassure her and eventually I had to drink up quickly and get her back on the road towards home!
The next two lovely photos were taken by Tom Oates. I had arranged to meet Tom and Jenny for a drink at the Cantonet, but Aitana was braying anxiously and needed to walk straight back home to mummy Matilde, so I had the shortest ever bar stop in Finestrat!